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Audi Q5 S-Line first official images

Audi Q5 S-Line first official images

Audi today revealed the first official images of the S-Line package for the newly-launched Q5 SUV that was launched last week-end at the Beijing Auto Show.

The S-Line package features 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/45 R20 performance tires, black exterior window trim roof rails, polished grille and honeycomb-styled air-vents surrounding the fog lights.

On the interior the Q5 S-Line features a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with perforated leather, brushed aluminum inlays, front sport seats with S line logo embroidered into the seat back, aluminum door sills with S line badge and perforated leather shift knob.

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Audi Q5 first official images

Audi Q5 first official images

Audi Q5 will be unveiled tomorrow at the Beijing Auto Show, but here are the first official images just a few hours before its official debut. After the Q5’s launch on the Chinese market Audi will also bring the Q7 SUV. The production of the Q5 on the Chinese market will begin in August 2009.

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Audi Q5 will be produced in China

Audi Q5 will be produced in China

The 2009 Q5 will make its world debut tomorrow at the Beijing Auto Show. The company also announced it will build a plant in Changchun, northern China, to assemble its new compact SUV.

Production of the vehicle is due to start in August 2009, the newspaper said in an extract from an article in Friday’s edition. The Q5 is due to be launched in Europe this summer and in the US at the start of 2009.

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Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5 to debut in Beijing

Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5 to debut in Beijing

Two of the greatest future rivals, the Mercedes GLK and the Audi Q5 will make their world debut this week-end at the Beijing Auto Show.

Audi will unveil its Q5 SUV in Beijing because it sees China as a key growth market. Last year, China became Audi’s second-biggest market after Germany as sales grew 24.8 percent to 101,996 units.

Like Audi, Mercedes wants to take advantage of the growing popularity of SUVs in China. After showing concepts for its new GLK class at the Geneva and Detroit auto shows this year, Mercedes will unveil the production version in Beijing.

Audi parent Volkswagen group will debut two models developed for the local market by its joint ventures in China. One will be a family-sized sedan code-named the Model X, based on the Jetta/Bora. The other will be a more upscale sedan called the Lavida that eventually will replace the Santana. Both cars are based on the fourth-generation Golf platform and will go into production in the summer.

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Audi Q5 official images?

Audi Q5 official images?

The Q5 will make its official debut on 19 April at the Beijing Auto Show, Until then OmniAuto released a few official images with the upcoming SUV. Or are they just another photoshop?

The Q5 will be spacious enough for five people and Audi has expressed no intentions on a seven-seater version. The Q5 will probably be the first model to be equipped with the in-house seven speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG Audi S-Tronic). Four cylinder engines, V6s, and TDI engines borrowed from the A4 will power this mini-SUV.

The Q5 is based on the company’s Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP) found on the A4 and A5. MLP allows Audi to place the longitudinally-mounted engine and transmission further back behind the front axle and helps elongate the wheelbase without modifying the car’s exterior dimensions.

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Audi Q5 to be unveiled on April 19

Audi Q5 to be unveiled on April 19

Audi launched the official Q5 microsite that announce the launch of the future SUV on April 19. Q5 will compete with models like BMW X3, the future Mercedes GLK, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC60.

The Q5 will debut with the same engine line-up found on the Volkswagen Tiguan: 1.4 TSI, 2.0 TDI or 3.0 TDI. A hybrid version will also be unveiled.

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Fresh Audi Q5 pictures emerge on Internet

Fresh Audi Q5 pictures emerge on Internet

For now, we’ll not get into the debate on whether the Audi Q5 will be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show or not, but what we will do is enjoy these new and clearer pictures of the car which have come out on the net.

The Q5 is positioned below the Q7 and Allroad models. We expected the Q5 ’s unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show but China appears to be a better location after seeing them unveil their Cross Coupe Quattro at Shanghai last year.

The Q5 will be spacious enough for five people and Audi has expressed no intentions on a seven-seater version. The Q5 will probably be the first model to be equipped with the in-house seven speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG Audi S-Tronic). Four cylinder engines, V6s, and TDI engines borrowed from the A4 will power this mini-SUV.

The Q5 is based on the company’s Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP) found on the A4 and A5. MLP allows Audi to place the longitudinally-mounted engine and transmission further back behind the front axle and helps elongate the wheelbase without modifying the car’s exterior dimensions.

Will the same platform be used to make the smaller Cayenne? Audi’s board members are against the whole thing fearing such a model will wipe out the Q5, but with the increase of Porsche’s stake in VW, there are chances of the so called Porsche ’Roxster’ turning into reality. At least we hope it happens.

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Audi Q5 microsite launched

Audi Q5 microsite launched

The Audi Q5 will make its official debut on April 19. Until the you can register on its official microsite to get the latest informations about the SUV.

The Audi Q5 will join the Audi Q7 as the Audi brand’s second model in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. The Q5’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system has a 40/60 percent front/rear torque bias. Likely engines include a direct-injection 2.0-liter four and a 3.2-liter V-6. The 4.2-liter V-8 could power an S-line version. A six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG do the shifting.

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Audi fears smaller Porsche SUV may destroy Q5

Audi fears smaller Porsche SUV may destroy Q5

Automotive politics in full swing. As Porsche increases its stake in VW from 31 percent to more than 50 percent, its earlier plans of making a smaller SUV based on the Audi Q5 has aroused. And news is out from Ingolstadt that Audi’s board members are against this proposition as they fear it might impact Q5’s sales.

Porsche’s Chairman Wendelin Wiedeking, for many years, has been trying to strike a deal with Audi to bring out a five-seater SUV. The Q5 was what he exactly had in mind. The Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 were developed and are built on a common platform. Wiedeking’s idea of making it happen again with the Q5 has apparently not pleased the board members at Audi.

The Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 are in their own leagues even though they share the same platform. Porsche should stop buying such lame stories and go ahead with developing their own stuff and now with the increase in their stake, it is bound to happen anytime soon. I mean, who wouldn’t want to buy a mini-Cayenne? And once they bring out one, it would definitely destroy the BMW X3.

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For the US Audi Q5 hybrid will come first; diesel will follow

For the US Audi Q5 hybrid will come first; diesel will follow

In an interview with Automotive News, the head of Audi’s dealer council, Joel Weinberger confirmed that the compact Q3 crossover and A7 four-door coupe are under development, and a small SUV is being discussed.

Talking about the Q5, he said that US market will first see the hybrid version and then the diesel one: "The Q5 will go hybrid first and not diesel. You can only have so many drivetrains. It comes down to pricing too. Audi has told me the unit cost of a diesel is $4,000 more but they realize they cannot sell it for $4,000 more — the premium will be half of that. We’ll sell them if they can keep pricing in line."

When asked if Audi need the smaller Q5 SUV in the United States, he answered: "The Q7 is a really big vehicle. Just size-wise you have to look at the (Lexus) RX 330 as your target. The Q5 will fit into that niche and it should not cannibalize the Q7. It will be bigger than the (BMW) X3 and (Acura) RDX. Smaller SUVs tend to be more female-oriented."

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Audi Q5 naked shots

Audi Q5 naked shots

After quite a lot of pictures of Audi’s new baby SUV, the Q5, appearing with lots of sticky tape disguises, the no-nonsense Germans at Auto Bild have captured the new car in the flesh, totally uncovered.

The Audi Q5 will join the Audi Q7 as the Audi brand’s second model in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. “The Audi Q5 will be an overtly sporty vehicle that will add an important product to the Audi model range. The Audi Q5 will take us a big step closer to vehicle sales of 1.4 million per year, a target that we have set ourselves for 2015,” continued Winterkorn.

The Q5’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system has a 40/60 percent front/rear torque bias. Likely engines include a direct-injection 2.0-liter four and a 3.2-liter V-6. The 4.2-liter V-8 could power an S-line version. A six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG do the shifting.

In order to be able to use V-8 engines, which are considered essential for the U.S. market, the engines in this SUV will be mounted lengthwise, not transversely.

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